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Findlay Market ideal for restroom, Kasich cuts local funding, The Banks exceeds goals

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City Councilman Chris Seelbach

A report issued by Director of Public Services Michael Robinson found Findlay Market would

be the best place for a freestanding public restroom

, which could cost as little as $35,000. The idea has been heavily pushed by Councilman Chris Seelbach, who has argued that the restrooms are necessary to accommodate a growing population and wider activity in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

A new Policy Matters Ohio report found local government funding has been

reduced by $1.4 billion since Gov. John Kasich took office

, leading to a nearly 50-percent reduction in state funding. Most of the cuts came from the elimination of the estate tax, which would have provided $625.3 million to local governments in the 2014-2015 budget, but it was repealed in 2011 by the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature and Kasich. When presenting his 2013 budget proposal, City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. said the state funding reductions cost Cincinnati $22.2 million in revenues for the year.

In 2012, the team behind The Banks’ public construction

met or exceeded all four major project goals

, according to the annual report from The Banks Public Partnership. Contractors installed public safety technologies throughout the intermodal transit center and parking facility, awarded a trade contract for a new Pete Rose Way pedestrian bridge and walkway and prepared design and funding documents for a river walk along the Ohio River. The project has also gone more than 400,000 hours without a lost-time accident. The Banks previously won what John Deatrick, project executive, called the “Oscar” of planning awards, which CityBeat covered here .

City Council

delayed a vote

on opposing the sale of more than 700 Section 8 units in Avondale, Walnut Hills and Millvale because they want meet with the firm buying the units first. City officials have scheduled the meeting for next week. CityBeat previously covered Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls’ opposition to the deal

here

.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

lifted a requirement

that forced any new sewer development that added waste water to the county’s overall system to offset its gains with a fourfold reduction in storm water taken in.

BuzzFeed, the popular viral video and pop culture website,

listed the Cincinnati Public Library

as No. 28 on the list “The 30 Best Places To Be If You Love Books.”

Ohio’s imprisonment of fewer youth

may be part of a nationwide trend

.

Three Cincinnati area businesses

made Interactive Health’s “Healthiest Companies in America”

: Standard Textile Inc., Totes-Isotoner and American Modern Insurance Group.

Mercy Health’s Anderson and Fairfield branches

made t

he Truven Health Analytics ranking released this week

, putting the two hospitals among the nation’s best.

Omya Inc. is receiving a five-year, 40-percent tax credit for

completing a consolidation of its regional headquarters to Cincinnati

, which should create 25 full-time jobs and generate $1.4 million in annual payroll.

Breaking news: Teenagers are horny. Headline from The Cincinnati Enquirer:

Hundreds of Madeira High students involved in sexting?”

A Dayton donut shop is apparently

one of the best in the nation

, according to Saveur magazine.

Do video games cause violence? Apparently, the debate is a lot more complicated than most people think

.

Mouse brain cells

can live longer

than the mice they came from.
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